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Police offer two week amnesty for illegal firearms

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OWNERS of illegal firearms in Warrington are being given an opportunity to surrender their weapons to stop them from falling into the hands of dangerous criminals.
From today (Saturday) and until Sunday, August 4, all guns and ammunition can be handed over anonymously at the town’s police station.
Anyone who chooses to surrender their gun will not face prosecution for being in possession of the weapon, which can normally lead to a five year prison sentence. It will also prevent the guns being placed into the hands of criminals who cause harm, make threats and intimidate our communities.
Officers are also encouraging the public to hand in airsoft weapons or BB guns which can also be used by criminals as a way to intimidate or threaten people.
An investigation will be launched by police if a weapon handed in during the fortnightly campaign is found to have been used in a crime.
Guns should be carefully wrapped and packaged before being taken into the police station.
Inspector David Price said: “Although crimes involving illegal guns remain low in Cheshire we know there will still be people out there who will be in possession of them.
“In the majority of cases we tend to find either those with guns have long-forgotten they have one hidden away in lofts and sheds, while others don’t realise the firearm they have need to be legally registered by police.
“I would also encourage people to hand in imitation firearms or air weapons which can look just as real to victims of crime and can be used to intimidate and instill fear.
“It isn’t unusual for the public to hand in firearms throughout the year, however the next two weeks is an opportunity to remind people who may have an unwanted weapon that they can remove them anonymously without being prosecuted.
“It goes without saying that if you hand in an illegal or imitation firearm then you will be ensuring they don’t get into the hands of criminals, making your community a safer place.”
Other police stations across Cheshire will also be taking part in the amnesty – but police advise  checking opening times before taking weapons in.

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